PORT of Melbourne reported a decrease in total container throughput in August 2023 compared with the same month last year.

The port handled 268,564 TEU last month, down 6.3% from August 2022.

Full container import volumes (excluding Bass Strait trade) were down 9.6% in August 2023 against the prior year, with domestic appliances, furniture and toys below volumes handled last August.

Full container export volumes (excluding Bass Strait) were down 13% with wheat, hay, chaff & fodder and raw cotton below last year’s volumes.

Total empty container movements were up 1.9% last month compared with movements recorded last August.

The motor vehicle trade was down 2.3% compared with August 2022, liquid bulk was down 20% and the break bulk trade was down 23%.

But the dry bulk trade increased 17.6% and other non-container trades increased 24.2%.